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Miniature mosaic (micromosaic); glass; circular; depicting the 'Doves of Pliny' in shades of white, yellow, brown and grey; set into a copper frame; signature and date incised on the reverse.
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Diameter: 56 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Raffaelli was among the first to develop the technique of miniature mosaics in the 1770's; this is the earliest signed and dated example by him(or any other mosaicist) to have so far come to light; the subject is copied from the celebrated Roman mosaic excavated at Hadrian's villa in 1737, thought to be a Roman copy of a Greek mosaic described by Pliny and now in the Capitoline Museum, Rome. See J. Rudoe, 'Mosaico in piccolo: Craftsmanship and Virtuosity in Miniature Mosaics' in 'The Gilbert Collection: Micromosaics', London 2000, pp. 27-48, pl. 4..
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Doves of Pliny
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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